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Community Tours and Discussions Focus on Healing and Revitalizing the Hill District

Duquesne University's annual Rice on the Road Lecture Series returns with a focus on Community Healing and Revitalization in the context of the neighboring Hill District.

The series, named after activist and advocate Msgr. Charles Owen Rice who studied at Duquesne University, is designed to bring the neighborhood and University closer together to advance collaborative work for social justice. This year's four-part series, sponsored by Duquesne's Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Division of Mission and Identity, and Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, will make excursions to the Hill District and invite community members onto campus for discussions.

The series draws specific attention to community revitalization, as well as to the notion of community trauma and healing, said Dr. Darlene Weaver, director of the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, who is eager to share news of accomplishments with partners. "We are excited to share this story here at Duquesne and in the community," Weaver said.

Recognizing the community's background is a key to success for future projects as well, according to Dr. Lina Dostilio, director of the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, which facilitates collaborations between faculty, students and community partners. "Bringing these groups together to learn from one another is key to our journey together as we collaborate," she said.

The Rice series will kick off with Community in Context: A Guided Tour of the Hill District on Thursday, March 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Transportation from campus will be provided.

Other sessions will include:

  • Community Revitalization: Four Points of View, Wednesday, April 8, noon to 2 p.m. at the Thelma Lovette YMCA, 2114 Centre Ave.
    Attendees will have small group conversations about education, health, economic growth and community greenspace with community leaders. Transportation from campus will be provided.
  • Trauma-Informed Community Development and Revitalization, Tuesday, April 14, 3 to 5 p.m., Duquesne's Power Center Ballroom, 3 to 5 p.m.
    Fruits from collaborations with Duquesne, the community and FOCUS Pittsburgh-a free health clinic, including behavioral health treatment, as well as scholarly approaches to community development-will be shared. New plans for nurturing community healing and revitalization will be unveiled.

The Rice on the Road series is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit www.duq.edu/cit and click the "Rice on the Road" tab or call 412.396.1595.

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